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Pocahontas Self-Serve Stays Open

Century-old local spring water company said earlier this spring it would have to close due to cost of upgrades required under town regulations.

Earlier this spring, of bringing its facility into compliance with various regulations.

Since then however, co-ownie Donnie LeColst has indicated that the company's self-service and delivery services are still available. What has changed in recent weeks, says LeColst, is that bottling is no longer done at the Pocahontas facility. 

Customers can still go and purchase 1- and 5-gallon pre-filled bottles of spring water as well, added LeColst. The business is open for self-service Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. .

Previously, LeColst had estimated that it would cost $200,000 to bring completely up to code. Required upgrades included installing a septic system and also upgrades to prevent water from a sink in the back, where caustic soda was used to clean the water bottles, from running directly into wetlands on the property. At the end of March, Lynnfield Board of Health Director Kristin Esposito McRae told Lynnfield Patch that the business permit for Pocahontas runs only until June 30 and that the town had primarily been seeking a plan from the business for its return to compliance. On Monday though, LeColst indicated that the self-service area will always remain open. Looking ahead, more updates will be provided as they become available.

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